Kurt Hauswirth

Classical Music Programmer/Producer

Kurt lives in Marquette with his wife Abbey and son Graeme, and can’t imagine living anywhere else. He was born in Marquette and has been a Yooper his whole life. He loves spending time with his family, writing and producing his own music, reading, running, and listening to any music that catches his ear. Kurt graduated from NMU in December 2009 with a degree in Music Education, specializing in Choral Music. He taught music at North Star Academy in Marquette, Messmer High School in Milwaukee, and worked as anaide at Marquette Senior High School. Since 5th grade, Kurt has sang solos and in choir, played trombone in band since middle school, and was in multiple musical ensembles and theatre productions at NMU where he was also a voice student of Dr. Robert Englehart. Kurt hopes to continue collaborating with fellow musicians and sharing his love of the arts with all our Public Radio 90 listeners. In addition to hosting and producing Classical Music programs, Kurt will present local arts and culture features as well as interviews with musicians, composers and authors. He’s the one to contact to schedule an interview. You’ll also see him around our listening area recording our regional classical music performances to air on Public Radio 90. Of course, he’ll also be joining us during our fundraising campaigns looking for listeners like you that help make everything possible.


Kurt Hauswirth had an opportunity to speak with Petri Prauda, one of the members of the Nordgrass group, Frigg, about their members, their beginnings as a group, their cultural inspirations and what they recall about their previous trip to the Upper Peninsula in 2002.

Marquette Symphony Orchestra

The last performance of the season for the Marquette Symphony Orchestra will be led by guest conductor Octavio Mas-Arocas, in a concert titled, "Fantastic Tales, Sumptuous Melodies."  It will feature works by Rimsky-Korsakov, Kodaly and Tchaikovsky.  Kurt Hauswirth spoke with Octavio about the concert and why the pieces chosen are so important to him.

The concert takes place Saturday, Apr 21 at 7:30pm ET.  Tickets are available at any NMU EZ Ticket outlet, and also at the door.


Northern Michigan University's criminal justice department will present “Manufactured Memories: Victimization Ahead," which demonstrates how a therapist can create the memory of a crime in a client, resulting in wrongful convictions of an innocent person.  Hans Ahlstrom spoke with Senior criminal justice student Joan Roberts about the presentation and special guest.

Marquette Choral Society

The Marquette Choral Society will perform a newly commissioned work by local composer, Griffin Candey, with texts by Walt Whitman, Anastasia Pennington-Flax and local area poet, Kathleen M. Heideman.  THE NIGHT PSALMS will premiere alongside Ralph Vaughan Williams epic major work DONA NOBIS PACEM, also on texts by Walt Whitman.  

Upper Yoopers Barbershop Chorus

Kurt Hauswirth spoke with the musical director of da Upper Yoopers' Barbershop Chorus, Pete Stephens-Brown, about the upcoming Spring Fling Sing '18, the 3rd annual barbershop chorus singing event to benefit the Gwinn Middle and High School Choral Programs.


From Mozart to Falco, Vienna is rich with inspiration for composers of all kinds of music.


Hans Ahlstrom sat down with the Poet Laureate of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Martin Achatz, and discussed an upcoming reading of Bigfoot poems at Northern Michigan University.

The reading takes place Tuesday April 10th 3pm ET at the Harden Learning Resources Center on the campus of Northern Michigan University.  We have word that perhaps Bigfoot may make an appearance.